For this first guest exhibition of sculptures at Kazerne Dossin, Perbal/Bélibaste drew inspiration from a personal family story in which the grandfather hid six Jewish people in hiding in his home. The refugees and the grandfather were arrested and then deported: a trauma for the family. 
In preparation for the exhibition, the artists talked with both first- and second-generation witnesses in their family and circle of acquaintances. Gradually they found that a war trauma can be passed on like a stamp through parenthood. The younger generation finds it difficult to talk about this or even keeps silent altogether.
Gradually, the family document grew into larger questions: What is the impact of war on child development? What are the consequences of the traumas in their subsequent lives? Can the imprint of unprocessed war memories be passed on from one generation to the next? And above all, what can we as a society do about it?

The exhibition is made up of three parts. The first part shows through a dozen sculptures of a pure simplicity expressed emotions where words are inadequate. Gradually, these works flow into a hopeful second part, dealing with the processing of traumatic memories. The closing piece portrays the desire of a caring world where a child does not have to grow up with dark
scratches on the soul, but is helped to become resilient again and full of wonder in life.

A call by the artists to provide therapeutic counseling for children in war situations worldwide.

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Interview with Irene Perbal  https://www.solanosunset.org/ 


Foto credits David Legrève